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Welcome to my
Commonplace Book!

In the late Middle Ages, scholars started using “Commonplace Books” to collect knowledge of all kinds. These were not journals, but more like scrapbooks to gather quotes, letters, scientific formulae, and personal thoughts. Famous commonplace books were maintained by Thomas Jefferson, Francis Bacon, Henry David Thoreau, and Mark Twain. Sherlock Holmes himself solved a number of crimes by referencing his commonplace books!

This website isn't so much a blog as my own digital commonplace book where I keep items of personal interest.

I hope you enjoy it!

Rediscovering Shirley Horn

Rediscovering Shirley Horn

I bought Shirley Horn’s “Here’s to Life” 20+ years ago while in college. I listened a few times but it never made it into my rotation. I’m only realizing now, with the benefit of experience and perspective, that Shirley is a sage.

Chess Master on Life: Always Maintain a Fresh Perspective

Chess Master on Life: Always Maintain a Fresh Perspective

The Carburetor: "Ancient and Complex, Mysterious and Foreboding!"

The Carburetor: "Ancient and Complex, Mysterious and Foreboding!"